Responsible Travel

Responsible travel is paramount to Rainforest Cruises. As a member of Sustainable Travel International, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and conserving our planet’s most vulnerable destinations, we are part of a global movement of conscientious travel enthusiasts passionate about making a difference and giving back to the destinations we visit, working to combat climate change and empower local communities to preserve their cultural integrity and safeguard natural habitats and wildlife.

With many years’ first-hand experience of ecotourism in South America and Southeast Asia, our cruises and tours have been designed to be not only culturally interesting and engaging natural experiences, but to be ecologically sensitive too, raising awareness of conservation issues in their locations and contributing to their preservation. By making informed travel decisions you too can lessen your personal footprint and contribute to conservation, not only by choosing Rainforest Cruises for your vacation, but with the help of some simple tips about traveling responsibly that can be found below.

As members of the International Ecotourism Society, we are advocates for making tourism a viable tool for conservation, protection of bio-cultural diversity, and sustainable community development.

By embarking on a journey with Rainforest Cruises you will be supporting local indigenous communities and contributing to the preservation of the rainforests that they call home.

Our Conservation Collaborators

Rainforest Trust

We are Conservation Circle Partners of the Rainforest Trust, a non-profit organization who for over 26 years have been purchasing and protecting some of the most threatened tropical forests, saving endangered wildlife through local partnerships and community engagement.

Sustainable Travel International

We are a member of Sustainable Travel International, a project of the Ocean Foundation, recognized as giving back to the places we care about and depend on, and considered to be playing a critical role in conserving our planet’s most vulnerable destinations.

International Ecotourism Society

As part of the International Ecotourism Society we are advocates for local community engagement and support, ensuring biodiversity conservation through facilitating economic, social and environmental sustainability with our careful and considerate tours.

Local Community School Projects

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that helps travelers make a lasting impact to the local communities of in their destinations by bringing small but essential school supplies in their luggage. Details of our projects can be found below.

South America: Ribereños of the Peruvian Amazon

Through generous donations from passengers on our Amazon River cruises in Peru, we aim to better the education of, and provide much needed clothing to, the children who live in the remote riverside communities of Puerto Miguel, San Francisco and Amazonas in the Amazon Rainforest of northern Peru’s Loreto department.

Access to education is especially hard to come by in the region, and those schools that do exist have limited funding and support, often lacking the basic school essentials that we take for granted. Any supplies and materials that you can bring will directly contribute to increasing essential literacy and math levels of the local children, your donation a genuine gift of a brighter and more optimistic future.

Please click here to see what supplies are needed for this project.

Southeast Asia: Kampong Tralach School, Cambodia

Prior to 2012, there were no opportunities for students in Kampong Tralach Krom to learn English outside of specialized state schools or expensive private lessons unmanageable for locals. Then with the support of cruise proceeds an English library program was created in the village primary school, to encourage learning the language.

The Green School became officially registered as an NGO in April of 2017. So touched by the work and progress being made, and having witnessed first-hand the smiling, happy children at the Green School, Rainforest Cruises encourage all travelers on our Mekong River cruises itineraries that visit the school to bring with them essential school supplies to donate.

Please click here to see what supplies are needed for this project.

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